The adoption of the Organic Law of Culture in December 2016 led to the creation of the Comprehensive Culture Information System (SIIC, in Spanish). Title III, Article 9, of such Law states that:
* SIIC is a tool to enhance the visibility and strengthen the cultural sector to assert the professional nature of those who work in culture and arts, whether creators, producers, managers, technicians or workers who exercise various functions in the sector.
* It is also a means to improve the organization, integration and interrelationship of culture and art professionals, facilitation of processes, formalization and professionalization of activities and entrepreneurships, and the planning and construction of public policies.
* SIIC will collect, synthesize, disseminate and value cultural and heritage information generated by public, private or community bodies, the artistic community and the general public.
* SIIC will be managed, administred and guarded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, which will use the tools and information infrastructure available through public sector bodies to generate, strengthen and update the system.
Additionally, Articles 8 and 9 of the Regulations of the Organic Law of Culture state that:
* The public bodies of the National Culture System, and other public bodies that have relevant data for the verification of information contained in the various tools of the cultural sector, shall provide such information when requested by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, for such verification process.
* SIIC data will be processed and used for the design, formulation, evaluation and reformulation of public policies in the management fields of the National Culture System.
One of the most relevant SIIC tools is the Unique Record of Artists and Cultural Managers (RUAC, in Spanish), in which culture and art professionals -creators, producers, managers, technicians or workers of the various fields of the sector-, within the national territory, migrants or in a situation of human mobility, who wish to be recorded have been registered, as well as groups, organizations, companies and bodies the main activity of which relates to the field of culture and the arts. This record also includes those who have been beneficiaries of support mechanisms for accreditation, sponsorship, grants or promotion on behalf of the State.
The RUAC has evolved into a platform that, in addition to the registration of artists and cultural managers, allows the collection of social, economic and education information of those registered, and facilitates their application to specific promotion lines. The RUAC certificate is a prerequisite for obtaining exclusive benefits for the culture sector, such as credit with payment facilities and tariff exemptions.
Other SIIC tools include:
* The Culture Satellite Account (CSC, in Spanish) consisting of a series of studies that measure the economic dimension of the cultural field and state the different economic parameters, supply and demand, uses and resources of culture in an interrelated way. This account offers a set of macroeconomic variables that show the productive structure of cultural segments and their economic importance.
* The Cultural Heritage Information System (SIPCE, in Spanish), a national cultural heritage management and information tool managed by the National Institute of Cultural Heritage, but integrated into the SIIC.
The creation of the Comprehensive Culture Information System (SIIC) made it possible to compile and organize information on culture. To that end, the Information Directorate of the National Culture System was set up, and placed in charge of the SIIC, hence it is the department that deals with the collection and processing of cultural information, besides the production of documents. Among the instruments produced are:
* Bulletins: arts education, phonographic sector, museums, RUAC, Culture Satellite Account.
* Socioeconomic studies: living and performing arts, cultural promotion funds and, in conjunction with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, identification and mapping of cultural enterprises.
* Culture and heritage infrastructure map.
* Culture and Heritage Thematic Map.
The following indicators are also reported on the SIIC website:
* Economic: cultural GDP (1.92% by 2016), cultural adequate employment, public expenditure on culture
* Production of cultural offerings: publishing houses, cinematographic works
* Social development: higher education in cultural training
* Follow-up to public policy: Declarations of cultural heritage
There are also documents of consultancies carried out in previous years.
The website contains links to the Unified Record of Artists and Cultural Managers (RUAC, in Spanish) and to the Cultural Heritage Information System (SIPCE, in Spanish).
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Central Bank of Ecuador
Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador
National Directorate of Public Data Registration
Institute for the Promotion of Arts, Innovation and Creativity
Cinema and Audiovisual Creation Institute
The availability of cultural information has made it possible to generate sectoral studies in the culture field, not only within the Ministry but also in other bodies. With the information generated, it has been possible to put forward public policy proposals, for example tax, incentives and tariff exemptions.
However, a continuous and adequate flow of information has not yet been achieved between the institutions that comprise the National Culture System.